Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!
So many positive reviews for this title that I am almost sorry to disagree, but I do disagree. I found the book repetitive, overlong, and the ending disappointing. I also fail to see how this makes the science fiction cut. I'd give it a sort-of Sci-Fi at the most generous and thats because of the quality of the VR. I do agree that the narrator was very good. However the best that can be said of the book is that here is an author who obviously sees the dangers in a poorly educated Democratic society in which the government has allowed too many responsibilities to become privatized, and in which said society is service based, (note Sobel's use of the identical hamburger joint's analogy,) and yet technology is the glue holding society together and creating a new wealthy class. I'm not spoiling anything here, that's a vague overview. I do find it highly amusing that some of the same people who love Ayn Rand loved this book. Perhaps they'll get it?
This Book is by far the greatest book I have ever read. It is amazing. By red I mean listened. Please understand this is the greatest technological book about the world ever written this is all you need to know if you don't listen to this book Soble will get you
Even though the idea itself is not new but the spin that Daniel put on it, the beginning of the story, unfolding, and development is AMAZING.
His Influx is probably the first that comes to mind
Rebirth of sergeant Seaback
Both mostly crying....
Enjoy the book
I often hear that cyberpunk is dead. Hell, I've been hearing that for almost 20 years. I say it is not dead, but it has evolved. Today's cyberpunk is far less speculative and more grounded in what really is possible.
Suarez's books (Daemon, Freedom, & Kill Decision) are great examples of this new age of cyberpunk.
I really enjoyed this book from the start. It's a pretty formulaic plot, but with a fun techno twist. The reason it's 4 stars instead of 5 is due to the ending (or lack thereof). The book seems to be building to some epic conclusion, but instead unravels in a string of far-fetched action sequences. Still, the previous two acts more than make up for this.
The narrator is one of the better ones I've experienced so far. He gets a little carried away with some of the voices, but does a great job bouncing between characters during conversation.
I really enjoyed the book, without giving anything away, it takes you on a wild ride and shows you just how disturbing the Internet age can be. it's a bit more serious than ready player one, but I think fans of that book would enjoy this one.
Not expected outcome.
The characters were diverse and the technological foundations on which the story is based are sound.
Jeff Gurner's narration is easy to follow. His different voices are subtle but discernible which made the listening experience just about perfect.
At first, I thought the story would be interesting and fun if predictable. It was interesting and fun, but it was NOT predictable.
The end will have you wanting to listen/read to the follow-up novel, Freedom (TM), which is also outstanding.
If you are remotely into technology, this book is for you. This book is fiction, but the author uses terminology and technology currently available to create a plausible scenario that easily parallels the world we live in today. The book starts out a bit choppy, but once you get through the first chapter it levels out and you start to follow it easy, right to the end in that leaves you wanting more and more. Cannot wait to read the sequel.